"The Favorite Thing" SLIDESHOW Project

BACKGROUND: Students have already done preliminary research and data collection regarding their selected "Favorite Thing"- a word web chart, a short research paper, a class survey and graph, and an interactive timeline. This assignment takes this research further, putting all of this information together into a SLIDESHOW, complete with SPEAKER'S NOTES. Because of time remaining in the quarter, we will not be able to actually give this presentation to the class.

ASSIGNMENT: This assignment will involve students creating a GOOGLE SLIDES presentation and SPEAKER's NOTES that outlines the history of their FAVORITE THING, as researched in the paper, timeline and other assignments throughout the quarter.

THE PRESENTATION:  Students will use a PRESENTATION format to ILLUSTRATE all of the important changes and dates in the history of their FAVORITE THING, from the very beginnings of the THING to the present day, 


  1. The SLIDES PRESENTATION must include AT LEAST TWENTY different slides (including the title slide and the questions slide) of information, including basic background information, the BIRTH of their thing and major events in the development of their thing, all the way up to the present day. You may use any research and project work that you have completed this quarter to put these slides together. Any information would be appropriate, including, but not limited to:
    • Company milestones, ownership, locations, etc.
    • Sales information: Price, distribution, number sold, current value, etc.
    • Product changes: New flavors, sizes, versions, models, features, etc.
    • Any other important information pertaining to your THING.
  2. The FIRST slide should be a TITLE SLIDE that shows the title of your slide show, the date and your name.
  3. The opening 2-4 slides of your presentation after your title slide must include background information regarding your topic. Explain what your THING is and why it is important. Then, you will demonstrate the birth and history of your THING over the next 8-15 slides, then information regarding the state of your THING in the present day over the last 3-5 slides.
  4. Each of your SLIDES must follow the "5 x 7 Rule". No more than FIVE LINES on your slide (not including your slide title). No more than SEVEN WORDS to a line. Numbers and dates count as a word. Keep your slide information very brief, you will fill in the extra information, as needed, in your SPEAKER's NOTES. HERE IS A TEMPLATE FOR YOUR SLIDE LAYOUTS!
  5. Your slides must each have an IMAGE to illustrate your information. You can use the images that you gathered for your TIMELINE.
  6. Your SLIDESHOW should give the audience a clear overview of the history of your topic from start to the present day. Keep your information simple and informative. NO PERSONAL OPINIONS, NO SILLINESS!
  7. Your slideshow must contain the CHART or GRAPH in your "Present Day" section regarding your topic from your survey of the class a few weeks ago. This chart should illustrate the class feelings regarding your topic. You can use this CHART as your illustration for that slide. Please EXPLAIN this chart in your SPEAKER's NOTES!
  8. Your slides may have a THEME, if you would like to use one. This should be simple and pleasant and should NOT DISTRACT FROM YOUR PRESENTATION! If Mr. B. cannot read your words on your slides, you will fail the presentation.
  9. You will present your slideshow to the class starting in the next week or two. YOU WILL HAVE TO FACE THE CLASS AS YOU PRESENT AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TURN AROUND TO VIEW YOUR SLIDESHOW. This being the case, you MUST create speaker's NOTES to be able to present your information and details to the class as you go. If you turn around to face the screen during your presentation, you will lose 50 percent of your points for each infraction.
  10. DO NOT SIMPLY READ THE BULLET POINTS ON YOUR SLIDE SHOW TO THE AUDIENCE! We can already read your bullet points. Your job is to fill in extra details and information that pertains to the basic outline presented on the slide! If you DO simply read your bullet points, Mr. B. will stop you immediately and you will fail your PRESENTATION.
  11. Your last SLIDE will simply read: QUESTIONS? Be prepared to answer questions regarding your topic as you present and as you complete your presentation. All students MUST ask at least ONE question regarding the presentations of other students. This will be incorporated into your PARTICIPATION grade (see below).
  12. Your slideshow should be around SIX TO EIGHT MINUTES in length. If you are still talking at the 9 minute mark, Mr. B. will stop your presentation. TIME YOURSELF DELIVERING YOUR MATERIAL!
  13. Part of your presentation grade for this project is how well you pay attention to other presentations. If you are disruptive or non-attentive to other student presentations, you will receive a ZERO for your participation grade.

PRESENTATION OF PROJECT: We do not have time remaining in the semester to present this project to the rest of the class, however, you will be writing your SPEAKER'S NOTES, just as if you were presenting. Your SPEAKER's NOTES are the outline of your speech that you would present to others. In this case, your SPEAKER'S NOTES will cover all of the detailed information that would need to be supplied to supplement the basic outline of information given on your slides. You should have enough detailed information in your SPEAKER's NOTES to deliver a 5-7 minute speech.

SAVING YOUR PRESENTATION: Save your slide show and your speaker's notes to your FRESHMAN_TECH Folder and call it FAVORITE_THING_PRESENTATION. I cannot grade your work if it is not saved to the proper folder!

GRADING: This project will be worth a total of 150 points. 100 points for properly formatted SLIDES with logical, ordered information, 50 points for your SPEAKER'S NOTES of your material that would form the speech part of your presentation to the class.